Teacher Review For Gamestar Mechanic

Great for introductory game creation

Melanie S.
Classroom teacher
Terrace Middle School (Lakeport, CA)
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My Grades 5
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I do genius hour on Fridays where the students get to pick their own projects. Some students are creating their own video games. I think this program would be good for an after school program. The students learn from it, but it is hard to qualify what they are learning or tie it to any standards!
My Take
Gamestar Mechanic does teach the students the basics of game creation. It is great for teaching problem solving. However, the kids have to play the game for an hour or more before they can earn the tools to begin building their own games.